Julia Harbor, Energy Efficiency Advisor
“I speak to customers about sustainability and help them reduce their energy consumption. I cover all sorts of related issues such as renewable energy, Government schemes, heating systems, our tariffs and more."
"I also get involved in Marie Curie fundraising activities. The partnership with Marie Curie is an opportunity for me to engage with colleagues in a meaningful way, for a very important cause.”
Blooming with ideas
“When we launched the Marie Curie partnership, I challenged myself to raise at least £500 from my own efforts. I held tea party days, sold hand-knitted daffodil brooches, ran auctions – and with my Green Hub colleagues, put on Crafty Christmas, to showcase EDF Energy employee handcrafting skills. I have more fundraising ideas lined up for the future, such as an adopt-a-daffodil scheme, knitted poppy brooches for Remembrance Day, and a bigger and better sequel to our Crafty Christmas, involving other local companies and a community choir.”
Goodwill and new connections
“I know our efforts have helped EDF Energy increase Marie Curie’s profile and raise funds. We beat our first year targets for fundraising after just six months and I’m proud to be playing a part in this success. Team work with colleagues has been absolutely vital. I’ve received an abundance of goodwill and practical support from so many people who are right behind me in this project.”
- Julia Harbor, Energy Efficiency Advisor
Donna Fraser, BAME network
“I chair the BAME (Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic) network, which works within EDF Energy to better understand and address race and ethnicity issues among employees, customers and local communities. Our membership has grown significantly since 2010, and is now over 200 people."
"We run a range of activities and projects to help members develop new skills, improve leadership abilities, and raise awareness of EDF Energy in minority ethnic communities.”
Positive projects with purpose
“Two projects really stand out for me as opportunities to promote understanding. Firstly, we set up a mentoring scheme for BAME employees in our nuclear business to help them improve their existing skills and develop new ones. Since the project began, 80% of mentored participants who applied for our Emerging Talent Scheme were successful, and all of them have continued working closely with their mentors, saying they highly recommend the scheme.
Secondly, EDF Energy worked with the Team Falola Trust to launch the Indoor Athletics Challenge, building on the legacy of London 2012 by forging partnerships with six colleges in East London. The colleges welcomed the Indoor Athletics Challenge as an opportunity to inspire people to get back in the classroom as well as bond through sport.”
A great feeling
“Students who participated in the Indoor Athletics Challenge really improved their teamwork and confidence, which will help them pursue careers in a wide range of sectors – including athletics. It’s always satisfying to see our BAME network creating positive change.”
- Donna Fraser, BAME network
Ivan Prozesky, trainee Environmental Safety Engineer
“We provide advice to keep people safe at our station - the work includes developing new training packages, as well as monitoring controlled areas, tracking trends and implementing improvements. My work is often plant-based, interacting with other staff. I’m also a STEM Ambassador – and work to encourage young people to take an interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths that could lead to an engineering career.”
Informing school students
“As a STEM Ambassador I use my experience of engineering to deliver presentations to local schools, help with career fairs and sometimes even support lessons. It gives the students an insight into the skills needed in the energy industry and gives them the chance to speak to someone who has been through the process of studying and choosing a career. In one project we created a presentation, went to 13 schools and met over 2,000 Year 7 students. In another, we ran a maths challenge for around 200 students in four sessions throughout the day. Both projects were highly enjoyable.”
Giving time, gaining skills
“I don’t usually like speaking in front of large groups, so this gave me a chance to practise my public speaking skills, and I have gained a great sense of accomplishment. I was very proud to be involved with the projects and I’m sure all the other graduates involved felt the same way. We put together interesting, and at times funny, presentations and you could see the students enjoying it. I will definitely be involved in future STEM activities for EDF Energy. I think it’s important to develop skills for the future and inspire young people. It shows we care, and are giving something back.”
Richard Hawksby, Group Head Design Engineering
The Big Energy Project, developed by EDF Energy and children's charity The Transformation Trust, saw teams of Key Stage 3 students from 16 schools across the country run their own energy efficiency campaigns over a six-week period. Each campaign was submitted to a panel of judges and entries were assessed against criteria including environmental impact, creativity and measurable changes in behaviour
The Project also aims to encourage a change in behaviour towards energy saving as well as to help students develop key competencies such as teamwork, problem-solving, enterprise and leadership skills.
“Working with young people as part of our Big Energy Project was great fun. They were so enthusiastic and full of ideas. Taking part in the Project was also a great way to help some disadvantaged families learn the best ways to save energy and money.”
- Richard Hawksby – Group Head Design Engineering
Debra Page, Internal Communications Consultant
As part of our commitment to diversity and inclusion, we support Steps Into Work: a programme developed by National Star College as a route into employment for adults with disabilities. Steps Into Work lets students improve their work and social skills by trying out various roles in an organisation, with the
hope they can achieve paid employment afterwards. This and programmes like it helped us become the first energy company to achieve the National Equality Standard.
"By bringing Steps Into Work into the organisation we areopening up a recruitment pipeline of young people who will introduce us to innovative ways of working and problem solving. As our business diversifies over the coming years, our organisation will need to respond to a more diverse range of needs, allowing us to become a more inclusive employer. “I have met some unique young people through National Star College who have impressed me with how positively they deal with some of life’s challenges.”
- Debra Page, Internal Communications Consultant